Patek Philippe has given us our first taste of what we can except at Baselworld later this week, releasing the first image of its black dial 5960/1A. Launched in 2014 with a white dial, the 5960/1A offers an automatic annual calendar flyback chronograph, in a steel case no less, and is arguably one of the most desirable sports watches available from Patek Philippe, outside of the Nautilus collection.
There are a number of elements that make the 5960/1A a really great watch. Chief among them is the fact that it is offered in a perfectly sized, 40.5mm stainless steel case, making it not only practical for every day wear but also accessible. Previously, the 5960 was only available in precious metals – platinum and rose gold – and the dial had a bit more of a traditional feel to it. When the white dial version made its debut in 2014, Patek Philippe gave it a younger, sportier look and introduced some contrast with the clever (but restrained) use of color.
As I mentioned in the introduction, the 5960/1A features a self-winding movement that incorporates both a chronograph and an annual calendar. It’s not super complicated by Patek Philippe standards of course, however, it is worth noting that the caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H was the company’s first ever automatic chronograph when it was introduced over a decade ago.
Across the top half of the dial, three apertures display the annual calendar indications in a quick and easy to read format, with the day/date/month displayed from left to right. If you look closely, you will also notice a power reserve indicator nestled just beneath the date window at 12 o’clock. Meanwhile, an over-sized sub-dial occupies most of the bottom half of the dial, housing a 60-minute and 12-hour mono-counter, as well as a cleverly incorporated day/night indicator just above 6 o’clock. Completing the chronograph functionality is a central seconds hand in contrasting red.
For the 2017 version of the 5960/1A, the specifications remain virtually identical to the original 2014 version, with the notable exception of a new ebony black, opaline dial with silvery white and bright red contrasting accents. Particularly cool is the fact that the calendar discs are the same color as the dial.
Presented on a stainless steel bracelet, the new 5960/1A with black dial is sure to be one of the hottest sports watches at Baselworld this year. Of course, if you prefer something a little more traditionally-styled, the 5905 chronograph annual calendar is available in platinum with a blue or ebony black sunburst dial.
For more information, please visit www.patek.com.